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Dubai holidays: Latest FCDO winter holiday advice after UAE added to travel corridor list

Dubai and the rest of the UAE received a boost last week when the country was finally added to the ‘safe’ list’. This means anyone returning from the Emirates to the UK will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days. The news is timed well with the approaching Christmas holidays – but what is the latest travel advice for the UAE?

“Individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai now have the option to undertake a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport,” detailed the FCDO.

“If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government-led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation.”

Only those travelling to Dubai will be able to test for the virus on arrival.

“For the rest of the UAE, authorities have stated that citizens, returning residents and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE,” said the FCDO.

“If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative PCR test before travelling.”

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Covid testing comes with strict requirements: “In all circumstances, the test must be a PCR swab test,” clarified the FCDO.

“Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.”

Further admin is also required by travellers heading to Dubai.

“Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form,” the FCDO explained.

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